The Way of the Program
At East-West Interfaith Seminary we act on the universal spiritual and ethical principles put forth in two essential guiding documents—Toward a Global Ethic, issued and endorsed at the 1993 Parliament of the World's Religions, and the Affirmations and Principles of the Association of Interfaith Ministers.
This Ministry and Spiritual Counseling Program is experiential. Since the word seminary means seed, we go right to the taproot of the world's religious and spiritual traditions to emphasize the universal connectedness underlying them.
Each student is involved in designing an individualized program that works for the student. There are also core components of Interfaith Ministry that are part of every program.
During the program the student will:
Study the history of Interfaith
Create their own Minister's manual
Read a diverse selection of the world's sacred texts and writings- most of which are now online
Participate in regular mentoring/spiritual direction coaching sessions online and by phone
Make regular visits to religious/spiritual houses of worship and ceremonies, rituals and events in their own communities
Design a local, national or global fieldwork project of community service
Offer a gift of service to Interfaith Seminaries and the Interfaith Ministry community
Document and communicate their experience through completing a series of structured writing assignments
Create and complete a project of their own design relevant to their own goals and needs
Here are some topics we cover:
Prayer and Meditation
Universal Spiritual Principles That Guide Our Lives
The Ancient Roots of the World's Spiritual Traditions
Creating Ceremony and Ritual
The Mystical and Esoteric Dimensions of Faith Traditions
The Relationship Between Healing Practices and Spiritual Traditions
Shamanism—East and West
Understanding the Culture of the World's Faith Traditions
Sacred Cosmology and Mythology
Counseling Skills—The Difference Between Psychological and
Expressive Arts and The Use of the Sacred Symbols
Sacred Medicine, Caregiving and the Use of Energy
Evolution of Interfaith Worship
Applying Spiritual Practices in Our Daily Lives and Ministry
Connecting to the World of Interfaith
Interfaith Ministry—Spiritual Principles and Ethics
Writing and Speaking in the Spirit
What it Means to be a Chaplain
Weaving the Web of Relationship
The Art of Living—and Making a Living—as an Interfaith Minister
Sacred Scriptures - Many of these are available on the web at no cost
Analects of Confucius
Gospel of Thomas
Tao Te Ching
Reference * is required reading
*The Metaphysical Bible Dictionary
*The Lamsa Bible (A direct translation of sacred scripture from the Aramaic) and its companion reference books on the Hebrew scriptures and the Christian Scriptures
*The Other Bible
*How to Be a Perfect Stranger by Matlins and Magada-this is a valuable reference book available in many public libraries.
*Culture and Nursing Care UCSF Nursing Press.
Universality of Spirit (Choose at least one of these)
Living Religions by Mary Pat Fisher.
Source Book for the Community of the World's Religions (CoNexus Press).
The World's Religions by Huston Smith.
Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda.
*Creation Spirituality by Matthew Fox.
The Jew in the Lotus by Roger Kamenetz.
No Boundary by Ken Wilbur.
On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross.
The Road Less Traveled and Further Along the Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck.
*The Soul's Almanac: A Year of Interfaith Stories, Prayers and Wisdom by Aaron Zerah.
This Longing: Versions of Rumi by Coleman Barks and John Moyne.
*Weddings from the Heart by Daphne Kingma.
*When Women Were Priests by Karen Jo Torjesen.
Interfaith Calendars (choose at least one of these)
The Mystic's Wheel of the Year
*The Goddess Trilogy
The Last Wave
Voices of Forgotten World's